Save the Date: Handmade Philly at the Philly Swap

We are glad to announce we’ll be participating in the Philly Swap this year. Members of Handmade Philly will be onsite all day presenting a workshop on how to make jewelry from your textiles and t-shirts.

The Philly Swap will be held at the Broad Street Ministry on Saturday, May 12 from noon to 5 pm.

What is the Philly Swap? It’s a huge clothing swap complete with sewing machines and workshops, so that you can embellish and re-create all those fabulous finds.

Here’s the back story: In 2005, the Swap-O-Rama-Rama was created as an event to offer alternatives to consumerism.  Its creator and founder, Wendy Tremayne, saw an opportunity to showcase the creative talents of local artists and DIY specialists through recycling clothing and textiles while addressing consumerism head on.  Since then Swap-O-Rama-Rama has reached an international level with clothing swaps happening in cities like Istanbul, Jerusalem, Panama City, and hundreds of others.  Through the sponsorship from the New York Foundation of the Arts the program obtained its status as a 501.3C giving it a non-profit status.  A Creative Commons License protects the Swap-O-Rama-Rama while allowing the event to continue to be affordable and open to the public.

For three years (2008-2010) the Philadelphia Sewing Collective held the Philly Swap here in Philadelphia.  New producers have now stepped forward to relaunch the Philly Swap in Spring of 2012.

This will be Handmade Philly’s 4th year leading a workshop at this event. So come on out, don’t be shy! Whether you leave with a sack full of goodies, or just one or two special treasures, you’re also bound to leave having gained some new insight on reusing clothes and textiles.

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3 Responses to “Save the Date: Handmade Philly at the Philly Swap”

  1. Amber

    Ruthie,
    I read that you will be making fabric jewelry at the swap…do you need any remnants? I have many giant tubs of remnants that are overtaking my workspace that I would be happy to unload…I plan on using some for my own swap demos as well 🙂
    -Amber
    pheajean@gmail.com

  2. Ruthie

    Hey Amber! We are going to be using old t-shirts for this project – I don’t think we’ll need remnants for this but I can ask around and see if anyone needs some for their various art projects, if you like. It’s been too long – I’ll see you at the swap!! =)

  3. ornamento

    The whole thing sounds wonderful. I am going to try to make it.

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